An academic study cited in the Dec. 15 editorial “Ohio’s frayed safety net” stated incorrectly that Ohio’s minimum wage does not increase with inflation. Under a voter-approved 2006 amendment to the Ohio Constitution, the state’s minimum wage rises annually by the inflation rate.
Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase Jan. 1 from $7.85 to $7.95 an hour for workers who do not receive tips, and from $3.93 to $3.98 for tipped employees. The higher minimum wage will apply to employers with gross receipts of more than $292,000 a year. For smaller employers, the state minimum wage, like the federal wage, is $7.25 an hour.